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By Jack H. Smith
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FCCLA chapter shines at national conference

 

Pictured are members of the FCCLA Chapter who recently attend the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim. Courtesy photo

Three Forks High School students shined brightly at the recent Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim.

During the conference, the Three Forks FCCLA Chapter was recognized with the 2019 National Chapter Public Relations Award.

According to advisor Cathe Felz, there are 1,500 chapters and over 120,000 members nationwide this was a big honor for the Three Forks Chapter, and she praised Halee Wilson for all of her hard work with the public relations campaign.

Felz said it took a lot of effort for Wilson who worked with area newspapers and television stations as well as the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office during the campaign. She added Wilson was just a freshman last school year so that is pretty amazing what she was able to accomplish.

Felz said Wilson and the chapter were super excited when they received the letter informing them of the award, adding they also received $500 for the chapter that was used for their recent trip to California. Their project efforts reached over 250,200 people through news broadcasts, newspaper articles, and social media campaigns.

Hannah DeLaittre, Taylor Raffety, Brooklynn Hossfeld, Gabryele Veltkamp, Carey Hanson and Morgan Carr also made the trip after finishing in the top two at FCCLA State Leadership Conference last March in Bozeman.

At the conference, the Three Forks students participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) that are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.

Carr and Hanson finished in fourth place nationally for their Leo's Blanket project. Felz said the blankets are given to Law Enforcement Officers so they can give them to kids in traumatic situations. The Three Forks Chapter teamed together with other state members to make 108 blankets this school year and has also included students from Idaho, North Dakota, and Nevada. They were also able to drop off blankets to the Long Beach Police Department during the trip to attend the NLC.

The Three Forks chapter has a little fun at the NLC.

Wilson finished in 13th place in the promotion and public STAR event. Raffety and Hossfeld placed 24th in the food innovation event, Veltkamp was 24th for her Montana Vision Zero Traffic Safety Project, and DeLaaittre placed 34th in the job interview event.

Along with the conference, Felz said it was a very rewarding trip for the girls because not only because they were able to have a lot of new experiences, but also a much different lifestyle and culture than Montana. During the trip the students were able to visit Disneyland and California Adventures, attend Disney workshops, and go to the beach. They also experienced a 7.1 earthquake.

Looking to the future, Felz hopes the success of the chapter will help with recruitment of both male and female members.

 

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